Marlins Let Cody Ross Go to Giants on Waiver Claim
The Marlins announced the move, but the Giants had no official comment on it.
The Marlins apparently were happy to let Ross, and the approximately $1 million of his remaining salary, go to the Giants. They recalled Cameron Maybin, who will presumably become their everyday center fielder.
The Giants did not have a need for Ross, because center fielder Andres Torres has been one of their most productive players, hitting .283 with 12 homers and 49 RBI. However, Torres has struggled against left-handed pitchers, so the right-handed hitting Ross could platoon.
Ross, 29, is hitting .263 with 11 homers and 58 RBI, but he's hit .280 with a .542 slugging percentage against lefties.
Ross has one more year of arbitration eligibility remaining and probably will make about $6 million next season if he's offered arbitration. Since Ross provides roughly the same package as Aaron Rowand, who the Giants will be paying $12 million each of the next two years, it wouldn't seem likely they'd offer arbitration to Ross.